BWI of North Central Illinois was created to help meet the growing needs of Rockford and surrounding counties. We span Winnebago, Boone, Dekalb, Kane, McHenry and Kendall counties. All members of our leadership team are certified Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBE) and are accredited by Babywearing International Inc. The leadership team includes board members who are responsible for making decisions as applicable to the future of the group. The leadership team also includes meeting leaders who are responsible for leading the monthly meetings or other events. Here's our current leadership team and a little bit about each of us.
Sarah Montgomery- VBE Meeting Leader and Board President
I’m a mom to a Beautiful 5 year old miracle. I started babywearing when my daughter was about a month old and fell in love with it. I started with a Moby wrap and quickly progressed into trying other carriers. We have 3 dogs, a bird, a rabbit, chickens, and a duck at our house and without babywearing I would never be able to get chores done or give the animals the attention that they need. Babywearing also allows me the mobility to care for my daughter as I tend to the 2500+ square feet of Garden that I grow. She isn’t worn nearly as much at this point, but it still provides us with some great cuddle time and a great way to settle her down when she is sick or has problems sleeping.
You will most often find me in a wrap, Ring Sling or Meh Dai when I’m wearing and occasionally a buckle carrier. They have each had their place in the babywearing relationship I have with my daughter. I am so happy to share my love of babywearing and to help others find what works for them.
Jennifer Grant - VBE
I am a stay at home mom to Connor, born 9/2010 and Kaelyn born 10/2013. I knew when I was pregnant with Connor that I wanted to babywear. At the time, I did know that there was so much to about babywearing - I figured you bought a sling, put it on, put your baby in it - done! I practiced with Connor, and he hated it! He struggled and pushed and screamed. I was at the end of my rope. Then I found Babywearing International! In one meeting, I was educated about the carrier I had, tried a new carrier - a Babyhawk and made a friend! After that, babywearing became a necessary part of my life as a parent and I became a huge advocate for the practice of babywearing.
I started as a VBE for BWI of Chicagoland in May 2013 and have been working primarily in Crystal Lake and Schaumburg. I am so grateful to continue educating babywearers and potential babywearers in my community with Babywearing International of North Central Illinois and spreading the love of babywearing to others.
Alieta Guntly - VBE, Board Vice President & Chapter Librarian
I am a mom to two boys, now ages 7 and 5. I have been babywearing since my first son was a couple weeks old. Having kids close in age made babywearing a very big part of how we got things done on a daily basis. Babywearing still helps us when the children are willing to go up. I am happy to be helping out as one of our chapter's lending librarians and love sharing my knowledge about babywearing. In my spare time, I play in a handbell choir, enjoy gardening, going to airshows, and puzzles of all kinds.
More bios of our other Volunteer Babywearing Educators coming soon!